August 31, 2006

Hurricane John weakens on Mexico’s Pacific coast

LA PAZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Hurricane John lost strength on
Thursday as it trekked up Mexico's Pacific coastline and was
downgraded to a less powerful category 2 storm, the U.S.-based
National Hurricane Center said.

Hundreds of foreign tourists raced to escape the luxury
beach resort of Los Cabos as John took aim at the Baja
California peninsula.

Rescuers rushed at least 10,000 Mexican residents from
low-lying areas into shelters.

Hurricane winds decreased to near 105 mph (165 kph) but
John may strengthen again in its run toward the tip of Baja
California, the hurricane center said.